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Hunt underway for Knottingley pub arsonists

The hunt is underway for two men who torched a pub in Knottingley last night.

The perpetrators were wearing masks from the horror film 'Scream' during the attack at the The Bay Horse in Hill Top.

A number of customers who were inside the pub at the time were able to escape uninjured.

Claire Ashforth reports:

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Mobile phone footage shows pub fire

Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander shows the height of the flames at the Bay Horse pub in Knottingley. Two men in 'Scream' masks burst into the pub last night and poured fuel around the building before setting it on fire.

The landlord of the Bay Horse told Calendar he only took over the pub last Monday. His wife and eight-year-old child were in the building when the arsonists struck.

Guests at pub 'lost everything'

Two guests who were staying in the accommodation above the pub say they returned home at 5am after finishing work for the day to discover all their possessions had been destroyed in the fire.

The pair who are both from Spain had been working nearby as welders. They say everything including their passports and computers have been destroyed.

'Lives put at risk' in pub arson attack

Police investigating the arson attack on a pub in Knottingley say lives were put at risk. Drinkers fled the premises after masked men poured accelerant around the building before setting it alight.

Police at the scene of the arson attack in Knottingley
The building remains cordoned off
There is extensive damage to the building

Men in 'Scream' masks torch busy pub

Two masked men have torched a pub in Knottingley. They apparently poured accelerant around the Bay Horse in Hill Top before setting the building on fire. Customers were inside the pub at the time but everyone escaped uninjured. The attackers were wearing masks from the film 'Scream'.

The attackers wore masks from the movie 'Scream'

We are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident or who has information about who may be responsible. They have caused significant damage to this public house and put a number of lives at risk.

– Detective Inspector Viv Segerius-Allick
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